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RobConIM Seminar – Development and Implementation of a State-Space Control System for a Single Inverted Pendulum

October 9 @ 3:30 pm UTC-6

IEEE Robotics, Control, Instrumentation and Measurement (RobConIM) Seminar Series presents:


Development and Implementation of a State-Space Control System for a Single Inverted Pendulum


SPEAKER:     Chris Dyck, NSERC USRA Researcher

                      Gerald Mainman Power Systems Dynamics & Control Lab

                      University of Manitoba

DATE:           Wednesday, October 9, 2019

TIME:           3:30 PM

PLACE:         E2-350 EITC Bldg. (Engineering & Information Technology Complex)
Fort Garry Campus
University of Manitoba

ORGANIZER:    IEEE Robotics, Control, Instrumentation & Measurement Chapter –
Winnipeg Section

The goal of this project was to design and implement a control system to balance a single inverted pendulum. One method to implement a control system is state-space formulation. State-space control systems allow for the reduction of the complexity of physical physics, and allows for straight-forward implementation on micro-controllers.

In student laboratories, Quanser’s real time controller could be used to design Simulink block diagrams to control the pendulum. The purpose of this project is to bring the existing control system to a low-cost embedded system which functions as a platform that can implement and test various control system techniques. By writing code in a ubiquitous programming language, C, students and researchers can build upon the state-space controller or implement other controllers. By closing the control loops through an Arduino, the pendulum was successfully balanced.

Chris Dyck (S’17) is currently working toward the BSc degree in electrical engineering at the University of Manitoba. He has held NSERC USRA’s at the University of Manitoba and Waterloo working on topics such as microwave imaging, quantum biology and control systems.


October 9
3:30 pm


E2-350 EITC
75 Chancellor's Circle
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
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